This foundation made me break out like crazy! It did not even control my oily face (I use this without primer). I ended up giving this to my mom instead. Not worth it.
I have such a love hate relationship with this powder. I like that it is a foundation in itself as it means it's quite full coverage when worn to set make up (which is what I bought it for) I also like it comes with a mirror and sponge making it handy for traveling (yet the sponge is not the best way to apply the product). I also think the price is reasonable as it's lasted me a long time and the quality is good as it has a soft and velvety feel when swatched as oppose to other powders that can be chalky.
The cons however make it hard for me to be fully satisfied. First is that it's matte, like matter than matte. Not good for my dry skin, also the fact it's a foundation and matte makes it look cakey (because of my dry skin). Finally throughout the day I've noticed it go a bit patchy and streaky and cling to random areas.
However, the product itself like I said is good quality and some of my friends swear by it. It's probably much better for normal-oily skin. Not too oily though because of the lasting power but then again it's easy to top up because of the compact packaging.
Up to you, I've very recently discovered the Mac MSFN (I know HOW has it taken me this long) and I'm more than happy with this as my setting powder as it is still velvety but not as matte or as full coverage.
I absolutely love Mac's shade range, especially since a lot of their NC shades run yellow enough for my very yellow skin. I'm a perfect match for the shade NC25. I applied this foundation with a dense kabuki brush and buffed it into my skin. I was pleasantly surprised that it had medium coverage (about as high coverage as a powder foundation can go) and was capable of covering my faint acne scars and sun spots. It also looked quite natural on the skin! It didn't sink into pores or creases (which is a common problem for other powders!), and it didn't look powdery or too "much".
Like a lot of other people, I broke out from this foundation. It took a few days, but eventually I grew some whiteheads around my forehead, eyebrows and nose. It's a shame, because I really do love this foundation!
Also, it doesn't seem to provide any oil control for my oily skin at all. My T-zone was shiny within 2 hrs, which is about average for most skin products.
I LOVE this powder foundation from Mac, I'm not a huge liquid foundation person, I've tried several from Mac, and never really loved any of them. I'm really pale (nw15) and its really hard to find foundation light enough for my skin, but Mac has it. I even have dry skin and prefer this over studio sculpt. I just have to exfoliate, use a good moisturizer, I use Vital C from Image, and put a little bit of Samashbox primer. First I spot conceal, then I put this on with a kabuki brush, or Real techniques buffing brush..avoiding the eye area, then apply under eye concealer (Bobbi Brown's), and blend together. It's also so easy and quick on days I'm running late. I don't know what it is about this packaging, but I've dropped it SO many times on the floor or cement, and it has never smashed to pieces. A+!!
I got this because I have a VERY hard time finding a foundation pale enough to match me and this worked. I have it in N3 (paler than NC/NW-15) it's a good match, but I wish it was less pink. I use this over a primer otherwise my large pores show through and then I use a loose finishing powder over top ...which is needed with this to make it smoother looking and keep the t-zone shine free.(it's shine city just after 1 hour without setting powder) Sometimes I have peeling/flaky skin from Retin A micro ...so I pat this on my face (over primer) and it conceals the peeling/flakes as much as you can. Coverage is about medium...medium + if you layer it on, but it will look really powdery..not natural. I don't use this around my eyes because after a while it feels really tight and dry...I use concealer under my eyes & dust a bit of my loose setting powder on top...then apply my foundation everywhere else. I'm currently looking for a new powder foundation that's less pink ..I probably wouldn't get this again.
Favorite powder. This is technically a powder foundation, but I use it to set my face makeup. I like the bit of extra coverage it gives :) This powder has the most flawless finish ever. It's mattifying but not super powdery. I'd say it's a satin-matte finish. The texture is so soft and smooth. You have to be careful not to apply too much, since it's powder foundation. It can get cakey if you do. One thing I don't like is the packaging. There's a compartment for the sponge that it comes with, so there's just an empty space under the powder, and it makes the compact bulky :(
I have used MAC foundations for years and have always loved the Studio Fix fluid foundation. I always wore the mineralize skinfinish natural powder to give my foundation more coverage and I got tired of using them both all of the time. I decided to switch to Studio Fix powder plus foundation several weeks ago because I have a friend who swears by this and her skin always looks flawless. The first time I tried this, I used the included applicator sponge and didn't like the way it looked on my skin, so I decided to use my MAC #182 buffer brush and buff this onto my skin. I loved the way it looked on my skin! This lasts ALL DAY on me and I love the fact that it gives me perfect coverage without feeling too overdone. I haven't experience any issues with breakouts yet, but I have experienced a little dryness by the end of the day. For that reason, I make sure to use a good moisturizer and primer beforehand. I have medium tan skin and wear shade NW30.
Grrrhhhh. Great colour but it breaks me out everytime I use it. Dumped.
Love this power, pairs perfectly with my mac studio fix, i got this powder in NC20 to match my liquid foundation, but i use this ontop of all my other foundations as well and it does a good job, it adds more coverage and keeps my face matt. I just apply this product with a simple powder brush, deffs would repurchase it.
i first got this because my friend uses it and it looks really good on her.. i cant even tell she is wearing it. when i first put it on it looked good... i looked a little made-up though. a few hours later it had cracked and changed color! i looked so horrible and shiney! it also reallly made me break out. the weird thing is that my friend still wears it.. and she has really good skin and she always looks good and natural in it. it works for some skin tones that are not dry or oily or pimpley. good luck